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Zuma mum on making arms report public

2012-03-15 17:37

Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma steered clear of saying on Thursday whether he would make public the commission of inquiry into the arms deal's final report.

Zuma, answering a question in the National Assembly, by DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko, on whether he would release the full report, compared the finalisation of the future document to going to the doctor.

"The report is not yet done," he said.

"To begin to debate that issue now... Really I don't see any logic to say if this happened what then will you do.

"It is just like going to the doctor. If the doctor diagnoses you, you don't even know what the diagnosis will be."

Zuma was applauded from the majority party's side of the house after giving the answer.

He chuckled before taking more questions.

"People were saying investigate this arms deal," he said.

Wait for the report

"There was big hullabaloo about it. Lots of speeches. We then took a decision to set up the commission of inquiry. It is just about to start.

"If honourable members could wait until the report is made and there are key recommendations made by the commission, then you ask at that point, what are you going to do with this report? I think the question will be very legitimate."

Zuma said the commission would have "information before it" and would be able to ask questions of anyone involved in the deal.

"It could be Terror Lekota who was then the minister of the defence and now the leader of Cope, or it could be Jacob Zuma, then the deputy president and now the president.

"The fact of the matter is that this is a commission of this country that must get [to] the truth."

Learn from the arms deal

Zuma said he would be guided by the recommendations of the commission's report, including whether it should be made public or not. To do otherwise would unfairly prescribe to the commission the manner in which its recommendations should be framed, he said.

"I think the arms deal in this country has been an experience we must all learn from," Zuma said.

"Certainly if we were to undertake such a task we would look at what happened in our experience, and certainly we would take steps and eliminate some of the things that caused problems."

The department of defence's strategic defence acquisition, estimated at R40bn, was finalised by the government in 1999.

The deal, intended to modernise South Africa's defence force, included the purchase of corvettes, submarines, helicopters and fighter trainers. Investigators suspect that hundreds of millions of rands worth of bribes were paid to facilitate the deal.

Zuma announced the establishment of the commission in September last year.

Comments
  • David - 2012-03-15 17:58

    What would be the point of the commission of inquiry if its report is not made public?

      The Real Unskinny - 2012-03-15 18:09

      What's the point of a commission picked by one of the main culprits in the first place? This entire commission farce is just a tactic to identify and destroy any remaining evidence.

      Marc - 2012-03-15 19:32

      @The Real Unskinny: Agree totally. He even has the gall to say: 'I think the arms deal in this country has been an experience we must all learn from." Yeah right. He learned at least 500 000 lessons a year!

  • Koos - 2012-03-15 18:01

    Sounds like Zuma is gearing up for another deal except this time he will steal without getting pointed. Me thinks that the "things that caused problems" where "eliminated" thanks to a very crafty Zuma. You must take you hat off to the things these boys get away with.

  • mholthuysen - 2012-03-15 18:05

    Of course he won't - because if he would make it public half of his cabinet would be in orange prison outfits!

  • Rudi - 2012-03-15 18:07

    We the public will NEVER know the truth.

  • Fani Nyiko Nkuna - 2012-03-15 18:08

    So what Zuma is saying is that he will only release the report if the diagnosis is positive... This Presidents thinks we're stupid!

  • Mark - 2012-03-15 18:15

    Just Zuma's obtuse way of saying that this Arms-Deal report will not be released before he and his cronies consider it is sufficiently sanitised and obfuscated - which means he may as well not release it, considering it will be a worthless piece of tripe. Not sure he will get away with it, though. I think the people are gatfol.

  • Piet - 2012-03-15 18:17

    They first have to pull a SANRAL on that document before they release it. Rotten To the core!!!!T

  • Simnikiwe - 2012-03-15 18:20

    "It is just like going to the doctor. If the doctor diagnoses you, you don't even know what the diagnosis will be." He chuckled before taking more questions. Lol this is ZA news material.

  • Itumeleng Phasha - 2012-03-15 18:22

    "Certainly if we were to undertake such a task we would look at what happened in our experience, and certainly we would take steps and eliminate some of the things that caused problems." Really Mr President? Isn't this the same situation that we currently in with e-tolling. These deals are made without the public's knowledge so that the elite ANC member can enrich themselves.

  • Pierre - 2012-03-15 18:31

    Like the info scandal was the beginning of the end for the NP, this could be the same to the ANC ... But a little voice tells me Zuma himself was not involved. Why would he instigate the commission if he knew he was "guilty" and be found out? Horror of horrors - maybe some "good guys" - like Manuel (as some report suggested) was involved and this is a way to get rid of them from the left side ? Conspiracy theories aplenty awaits us ....

  • braamc - 2012-03-15 18:38

    Off course he will shut his face. Oops we probably stole to much of tax payers money that is in the public's interest.

  • alansmartSnr - 2012-03-15 20:46

    The more he says and giggles the more I get to think this inquiry is just a spam to cover tracks of the guilty. Bear in mind that there were already two or more convictions of bribery, initiated from overseas suppliers..and only the fact that he became president saved him from some serious charges or investigations against himself.

  • Annette - 2012-03-15 21:01

    would you open up your financial details to the world? remember it is the anc, himself, all his wives, lotsa children, even more grand children, families, cronies, BIG and small nephews! it will take a good forensic auditor years to unravel this lot.

  • Lacrimose - 2012-03-15 21:16

    Chuckle chuckle. Well at least he sees this as a comedy. "There was big hullabaloo about it. Lots of speeches. We then took a decision to set up the commission of inquiry" Typifies ANC reign - nothing gets done without a hullabaloo. Try doing the right thing for once, instead of waiting for the people to make you. Where's the activist spirit gone, now that you're in power?

  • Andre - 2012-05-10 13:25

    This is a typical response of our Government Officials and in particular our so-called Leader in responding to questions...laugh it off or by useless remarks! It illustrates their arrogancy and views on the intelligence of the Public. Your arrogancy and f-you attitude will come back to bite you but then again, the Government is too stupid to realize anything other than their own selfish interests and corrupt "What's-In-For-Me" minds!LOL

  • Adam - 2012-05-10 14:29

    Lies from the beginning. Firstly Terry Crawford-Browne appealed to the Constitutional Court in a bid to FORCE the president to re-open investigations. zuma did not and still does not want this enquiry. Yes it will be made public, because the truth always comes out. anc= keep the masses poor, and uneducated, then they have bigger problems than politics. Shame on you anc, there would be no enquiry if it was not forced.

  • Keith - 2012-05-15 09:40

    Zuma is an ex convict and beware he has many aces up his sleeve.How can you complain about the Devils son son by the Devevil or question the Develi?? Com on please nothing will happen close the case look forward and get the country in onder before a Zuma spring hits the country.

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